The Lost Electra

This is the 1/53 scale The Lost Electra plastic model kit by William Brothers For ages 14 years and up

Williams-Brothers The Lost Electra Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/53 Scale #53598
 Williams Brothers # wbr53598
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Williams Brothers Item # wbr53598
Specifications :
  • Length: 8-1/2" (216 mm)
  • Wingspan: 12-1/4" (312 mm)
  • Williams-Brothers Product Number: 53598
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Spotlight Review

"Not a good kit"
crawfordwilson3 (Durham, NC)
I got this model to use for historical purposes for my AFJROTC class. It was not easy to build and the fit was not good. The clear parts were horrible. But, what other 1/48 scale electra is there on the market?

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey.
  • Includes option to assemble replica of Amelia Earhart's version.
  • Includes options for assembling the landing gear.
  • Commemorative Amelia Earhart stamp is included.
  • Waterslide decals with marking options for (5) different options.
  • Illustrated instructions with paint/marking guide included.


  • Length: 8-1/2" (216 mm)
  • Wingspan: 12-1/4" (312 mm)
  • Williams-Brothers Product Number: 53598


(1) 1/53 scale The Lost Electra


"sadly lacking in both design and manufacturing standards"
cmgventura (Ventura, CA)
I love the style of this plane and have been looking for something like it for a while. I never tried Williams Brothers brand before and I am sure I won't be buying their products in the future. Parts don't fit, too much flash (when trimming, when do you stop?), sprue attachment spots that damage parts when they are removed, missing decal. There are some nice decal choices here and I was planning to go with Eastern Airlines markings. However I have reached a point where I might just stop and throw the whole thing away rather than face additional time in frustration trying to build this thing. The first problem I faced was no instrument panel decal, although clearly marked in the inadequate instruction sheet. The kit includes an old 8 cents Amelia Earhart stamp. There are several choices in how to build, the way I chose would mean cutting out all the windows where in the Amelia Earhart version the windows are not cut out. So many parts don't fit, for example the whole tail assembly is oddly designed (inadequate stubs for gluing for one thing), once you glue it to the body the body has a curve behind and below the tail that doesn't make sense as it will not butt against the tail assembly. I wasn't sure where to put the cockpit seats and panel, apparently behind the second window is the correct place. The front window includes part of the body, so I guess I paint it and tape off what I want to remain clear. I'm a fairly experienced modeler and have done very complex models, this kit is easy as far as the (few) basic parts are concerned, there's too much here that makes it a bad design. I prefer better craftsmanship, like Tamiya cars for example, you can do really fine detail work with them and it will come out looking great. Here, there is no detail work to be had, it's put this mish-mosh together and hope for the best. I think a beginner would find it as frustrating as an expert modeler would.

"Close...but no cigar... The only Model 10 Electra kit there is"
To me, the prettiest airplane Lockheed ever made was not the Connie. It was the Model 10 Electra. Other than the OOP Special Hobby 1/72 kit of this airplane, this is your only choice. Fortunately, as bad as the fit is, with patience, you can build a fairly good model of this historic airplane. Literally, just about every part will require CAREFUL filing and sanding where it mates with other parts. You should consult photos where possible to be sure you are not filing/sanding an area that will result in an incorrect change to the shape. While it is a fairly large model, 1/53 really does not fit in with a 1/48 collection, so that is a drawback. Also, the tailwheel is molded as an integral part of each side of the fuselage. In this large a size, it would look much better if you replace it with a scratchbuilt one and have the tailwheel and the strut as two separate pieces. The rivet detail is on the heavy side, so you may consider whether to sand it off before starting assembly and redoing the panel detail. The nose opens sideways and is used as a baggage compartment on the real one if you're planning a diorama. All of the Model 10 aircraft were powered by single row nine cylinder radial engines, the most common being the P&W R-985, but a Wright engine powered a few and the Model 10E (Earhart, et al) was powered by the P&W R-1340 which was much more powerful and larger (355 cu in), so it would look bigger than the R-985, so this is something to consider for the model. Also, on YouTube there are some videos of a rebuilt Model 10A of the Bata Shoe Company which you might refer to for ideas and just pure enjoyment. If you love the Electra as I do, the kit problems will not deter you from adding one to your collection, but tackle it with care and patience and the results will be very gratifying.


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please keep away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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